Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

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Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

Postby Allen » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:31 pm

I'm 4 mos. out from surgery, which consisted of liver resection and removal of approx. 20 cm of intestine (near recto-sigmoid junction). I was back to normal diet very shortly after surgery. Bowel function hasn't been terrible, but I do get occasion bouts of very liquid diarrhea - which often hits me with very little advance notice. Another relevant fact, ended chemo about 3 weeks ago, so I suppose there could be some lingering effects of that.

My surgeon suggested I take Metamucil, or something like it. Given that such products are intended to produce looser stools - I have trouble understanding how that would help me, rather than making things worse.

Any suggestions?

Much appreciated.

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Re: Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

Postby NHMike » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:45 pm

I had diarrhea when I had an Ileostomy and there were certain foods that did a good job soaking things up and potatoes and sweet potatoes definitely did that. Diarrhea in the bag was only a problem in that it was so liquidy and could result in leakage and stinging problems and it could spoil the gas filter. It might work without the bag too.
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Re: Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

Postby MissMolly » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:15 pm

Allen:
Metamucil, or similar, can be useful for symptom management of both diarrhea and constipation.

In the case of diarrhea or highly liquid and volitle stools, Metamucil acts like a binder or gel to help with producing a thicker stool consistency.

Give the Metamucil a try. Start with a small dose, twice a day (as opposed to a full/large dose once a day). It can take 2-3 days to see consistent results. You can titrate the amount based on the results.
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Re: Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

Postby Allen » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:55 am

Thanks for your input!

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Re: Post-Op Bowel Issues - What's Worked for You?

Postby Allen » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:56 am

...and God Bless you, Miss Molly


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